You appraisers are going to love this story. Two years ago I had a trainee and she had developed a relationship with a mortgage company called Aames Mortgage ( I think that is the spelling). Anyway, She was doing very good work and I had begun to trust her with more and more "judgement" calls while still reviewing everything. This one client had an in house rep that had a client that needed an appraisal and they called my trainee direct. She began working on the job and she was concerned about the value and she told the client. The client then began to manipulate her and coerse her and never once did the client go through me or talk to me, at this point I thought the job was going smoothly. The broker then went and gathered three additional comps and gave them to my trainee and talked her into putting them in the report. Still nobody talked to me. When the report was ready I reviewed it and did not like the overall picture. After talking to the trainee, I became more comfortable. She is a good person that was simply being manipulated. She said that the comps were the best available and most overall similar so, after looking at the market, I too decided they "fit" the property. Here is the good part. The in house mortgeg broker then took the appraisal to underwriting where they cut the cut the value slightly and then placed my name a a blacklist. Only after I was notified of the slight cut did I dig further and learn of the broker's coersion. The trainee left my guidance and went to work with another appraiser and, I am told, continued to do work with the mortgage company. Meanwhile, every six months or so this company reviews a file that has one of my appraisals and then tells the broker that they will get another appraisal because I am blacklisted at their place. Not their broker, not the trainee, me! You want to know why I am blacklisted, it was not really for appraisal problems. When I discovered the level of coersion that the broker had engeged in on my trainee I threatened to report them for coersion (to whom I don't know) and told them I would never perform work for them again. They then acted against me. Every six months or so I decide to sue them and then I get busy and forget about it. I have never been removed from an approved list. Today I am mad, but they are a small company and I don't hear of them much, by the end of the day I will forget about it again. What a crock!